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Tuareg Silver Tubular Beads Mali Africa 34 Inch

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Title Tuareg Silver Tubular Beads Mali Africa 34 Inch
Materials metal (unknown metal content)
Made In Mali
Approximate Age late 20th century
Overall Condition Good. Some of our beads have traveled at least three continents, and have graced numerous owners. Small chips, corrosion, and pitting are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.
Damage/Repair General wear, small dents, ends of beads can be jagged.
People Tuareg
Pendant Size 3-5 mm diameter. See picture with penny for size comparison.
Strand Length 34 inches (including string/rafia)

Picture is an example.  Yours will be similar.

Additional information: For more information, please see our comprehensive guide to African-made beads, African Beads: Jewels of a Continent, hardcover, 216 pages, 163 color photographs, available from Africa Direct.

The Tuareg are a nomadic people of Niger and surrounding countries. They are tall, and a Tuareg woman can pack an entire household on a camel in two hours. Their skin is blue-black, from the indigo rubbed into cloths wrapped around their faces to keep out the desert sun and sand.